Council Will Clear Backlog Tuesday…Hopefully

The City Council has continued to deal with snowstorms and cancellations this week as yet another Council meeting on Monday went down to the snow, and now the Council hopes to tackle everything on Tuesday, Feb. 17.

With several key votes within the City Manager search yet to be taken, the backlog would seriously begin to threaten the timeline if yet another meeting is cancelled.

“We need to get rolling; time is of the essence now,” said Council President Leo Robinson. “People think we’re dragging our feet, but we have had snowstorms every Monday night since the last week of January and City Hall has been closed several days also. It has made things difficult.”

Typically, the coming week would have been a non-meeting week for the Council in order to mark President’s Day on Monday. However, Robinson said they needed to make sure some votes – including the appointment of a special Council committee to choose the City Manager Screening Committee members – were taken, and so he called for the meeting on the day after President’s Day, Feb. 17.

In addition to the Committee vote, the Council will also take up a vote on a pamphlet of priorities and qualities given out to prospective City Manager applicants.

There will also be the matter of voting on the $20,000 fee for the Collins Center, which is leading the City Manager search process.

Meanwhile, a vote is also expected to extend the work on two of the new hotels.

“We have to build back the momentum we had before all of this, and we’ll start doing that Tuesday night,” said Robinson.

Seth Daniel can be reached at [email protected]

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